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First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund 2016-2018

On 16 March 2016 the Chancellor announced a two-year, £20 million extension to the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund. A full press release can be found here.

The second of two rounds for applications closed on 27 September 2016. The Fund is now closed to new applications.

For additional information please contact:

Anne Locke: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 020 7898 1862

What was the scheme for?

  1. To carry out necessary repair works to the fabric of the listed Anglican and Catholic cathedral churches in England. Repairs will have been identified by the architect or surveyor responsible for the cathedral. In the case of Anglican cathedrals this will usually be through the Quinquennial Inspection. Alternatively works may be recommended by the architect or surveyor in a statement of need. The works should be necessary to keep the building wind-proof and weather-tight, safe and open to the public.
  2. To carry out repairs to prevent further deterioration of the fabric of the listed building.
  3. To ensure the listed buildings are in a good and safe state of repair in order to host events commemorating WW1.

Who could apply?

Any listed Anglican or Catholic cathedral in England. Applications could be submitted by cathedral staff, clergy, or by an officially affiliated ‘Friends’ organisation.

Applications were for a minimum of £10,000. There was no maximum grant limit but grants of more than £500,000 were likely to be exceptional.

How were applications assessed?

Applications for grants were assessed by an independent expert panel using the following criteria:

  1. Necessity of the repair and consideration of the further damage which might be caused by delay.
  2. The heritage significance of the listed building.
  3. Financial need.